(Combating New Crown Pneumonia) The State Intellectual Property Office has disposed of more than 1,000 applications for abnormal trademarks related to the epidemic
China News Service, Beijing, March 17th (Reporter Sun Zifa) The State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China released news on the 17th that, as of March 16th, out of a total of more than 1,580 trademark applications involving epidemics under control, the Office has rejected 328 cases in accordance with the law. The applicant was allowed to withdraw 866 cases on its own initiative, and local law enforcement departments were arranged to conduct interviews, rectifications, and treatments on relevant applicants and agencies in a timely manner, effectively maintaining social fairness and justice, and creating a good atmosphere for fighting the epidemic.
According to the State Intellectual Property Office, since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, some companies and natural persons have attempted to improper commercial interests, and have registered trademarks such as "Vulcan Mountain", "Thunder Mountain" and "Li Wenliang" related to the epidemic, and some trademark agencies have violated social conscience. The provision of services has aroused widespread concern and indignation in society. The bureau attaches great importance to it and has taken a decisive action. It has resolutely cracked down on applications for registration of abnormal trademarks involving epidemics. Since the beginning of February, the State Intellectual Property Office has paid close attention to the application for registration of abnormal trademarks related to the epidemic situation, and adopted measures such as strict control and investigation, rejection in accordance with laws and regulations, timely notification of information, and strengthening of industry supervision to resolutely crack down on suspected violations of socialist ethics and produce bad results. Affected trademark squatting.
On February 7, the Trademark Office of the State Intellectual Property Office formulated the Guiding Opinions on Examination and Control of Trademarks Related to Epidemic Prevention and Control, and initiated the control of trademark registration applications related to the epidemic situation, which are likely to have adverse effects. On February 27, it will clearly reject the "Li Wenliang" trademark registration application in accordance with the law, and for the first time announced the implementation of control over more than 1,000 trademark registration applications related to the epidemic including "Vulcan Mountain" and "Thunder Mountain". On March 4th and March 5th, two batches of notices of rejection of trademark registration applications such as "Vulcan Mountain", "Thunder Mountain" and "Li Wenliang" were successively issued, and the basic information of the rejected trademark was promptly announced, and social supervision and public opinion supervision were accepted. At the same time, the “Notice on Severely Cracking Down on the Application of Agents for the Abnormal Trademarks Related to the New Coronary Pneumonia Epidemic” was issued and issued in a timely manner. Local law enforcement agencies interviewed, rectified, and dealt with trademark agencies involved in the application of epidemic trademarks, strengthened supervision and investigation, and strengthened guidance. Industry self-discipline and earnestly doing “combined punches” such as joint credit punishment have formed a strong deterrent to abnormal trademark applications.
——Rejected 328 bad trademark applications in accordance with the law. A comprehensive application of the Trademark Law, which is "harmful to socialist morality or other adverse effects" and other provisions, has severely rejected the application for registration of bad trademarks related to the epidemic situation in accordance with the law when the review process and social impact are particularly bad. For example, applications for registration of trademarks such as "Li Wenliang" and "Vulcan Mountain" are mainly applicable to Article 10, Paragraph 1 (8) of the Trademark Law, "Easy to cause adverse social impact"; the "crown nemesis", "new crown disinfection", etc. The application for the registration of trademarks on Class 5 drugs and Class 44 medical services is subject to the addition of Article 10, Paragraph 1 (7), "It is easy to cause consumers to misidentify the functions of goods and services," and they are rejected.
——The parties concerned were allowed to withdraw 866 cases on their own initiative. Since early March, through public application information, law enforcement interviews, joint disciplinary measures and other measures, it has formed a strong social deterrent to abnormal application behaviors. Many parties have recognized their mistakes, publicly apologized, actively corrected, and actively withdrawn the trademarks related to the epidemic. With 866 applications for registration, the Trademark Office of the State Intellectual Property Office reviewed the withdrawal request in accordance with the law, which not only educated the parties, effectively curbed abnormal behavior, but also achieved the organic unification of legal and social effects.
——More than 390 applications pending review have been handled according to law. At present, there are still more than 390 applications for controlled trademarks that have not yet entered the statutory review process. Once the statutory time stipulated by the Trademark Law and its implementing regulations has been reached, the State Intellectual Property Office will strictly review the decision to reject, approve, and refuse acceptance. And never let any bad application get registered.
The State Intellectual Property Office said that the next step will continue to make efforts to continue to strictly control possible new epidemic cases involving new epidemic situations, strictly review them in accordance with laws and regulations, screen corresponding trademark agencies, and promptly transfer them to local law enforcement agencies for investigation and punishment. , Continue to maintain a high pressure to resolutely crack down on abnormal trademark registration applications. At the same time, the State Intellectual Property Office will also study and formulate specific measures to curb irregular trademark registration applications, sort out effective practices and work results during the epidemic, further improve relevant systems, promote high-quality development of trademark work, and resolutely maintain good market business. surroundings. (Finish)